Paper Mill Season Includes Honeymoon in Vegas, Other Josh Cohen, Oliver! and More

By Adam Hetrick
March 11, 2013

The Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, NJ, will stage revivals of Grease, South Pacific, Oliver! and a remounting of the Off-Broadway production of The Other Josh Cohen as part of its 2013-2014 season, which also promises the pre-Broadway premiere of Jason Robert Brown's Honeymoon in Vegas.



As previously reported by Playbill.com, Honeymoon in Vegas, featuring music and lyrics by Brown (Parade, The Last Five Years, Songs for a New World) and a book by Andrew Bergman, who wrote and directed the film, will run Sept. 26-Oct. 27 at Paper Mill. Paper Mill has now confirmed dates of production for the musical that is aiming for a 2014 spring Braodway arrival.

Tony Danza (The Producers, "Who's the Boss") will star as gambler Tommy Korman. Paper Mill has not announced creative duties, but an earlier Equity casting notice states that Gary Griffin (The Color Purple) will direct the new musical based on the 1992 film comedy film that will have choreography by Denis Jones and musical direction by Tom Murray.

Here's how Paper Mill bills it: "This insanely funny musical tells the tale of Jack Singer, a guy with an extraordinary fear of marriage, who finally overcomes his phobia and goes to Las Vegas to wed his long-time girlfriend Betsy. Enter Tommy Korman (Danza), a widowed and unscrupulous gambler looking for another shot at love. Tommy spots Betsy, who bears an uncanny resemblance to his late wife, and the game is afoot."

The Other Josh Cohen, which premiered Off-Broadway in 2012, will make its way to New Jersey Feb. 19-March 16, 2014. It has book, music and lyrics by David Rossmer and Steve Rosen. Writers Rossmer and Rosen co-starred in the original production.

According to Paper Mill, "Losing everything is just the beginning. In this hilarious original musical comedy, good guy Josh Cohen is caught in a lifelong battle with bad luck. He’s single, broke and woefully underemployed when his apartment is robbed on his least favorite day of the year – Valentine’s Day. Just when it seems all hope is lost, a mysterious check arrives in the mail that could change his life forever."

Additional productions include Lionel Bart's Oliver! (Nov. 21-Dec. 29); the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic South Pacific (April 9-May 4, 2014); and a revival of the audience favorite Grease (May 28-June 29, 2014), which Paper Mill last staged in 2003.

Subscriptions are now available at Papermill.org. Single tickets will go on sale in June.